Rams seek win at Os­borne tonight

Al­covy vis­its the Pa­tri­ots

The Covington News - - Sports - By Ja­son Mur­dock

Two of the three New­ton County high school base­ball squads will hit the road tonight to com­pete on the di­a­mond.

For one team, it should be a rel­a­tively easy task, whereas the other hopes for the up­set of the cen­tury.

New­ton will make the trek to Ma­ri­etta to take on the Os­borne Car­di­nals in non­re­gion ac­tion, while Al­covy trav­els to Cony­ers to face Her­itage, the top team in Re­gion 8-AAAA at 16-0.

Af­ter three straight games ear­lier this week, East­side (513, 5-11 Re­gion 8-AAAA) has the night off.

Al­though the Rams (6-10, 3-4 Re­gion 2-AAAAA) have tal­lied more vic­to­ries than any

of the three lo­cal teams this sea­son, they have won just two of their last eight games.

But New­ton is seek­ing to cap­i­tal­ize on a de­pleted Car­di­nals team, one that is just 2-14 over­all and 2-11 in Re­gion 5AAAA.

Mean­while, the sec­ond-year Tigers are anx­ious to record their fifth vic­tory of the year, which would set a new school record.

How­ever, it should be a daunt­ing task, par­tic­u­larly against a Her­itage team rid­dled with tal­ent from top to bot­tom. The Pa­tri­ots (16- 2 over­all) are ranked fourth in the GaS­ports.com/GACA Coaches Poll.

“To up­set Her­itage would take just an all-around great ball­game from the kids,” said Al­covy coach Joe Mob­ley.“We have to have a well-pitched game, play great de­fense and score enough runs. They’re beat­able — they’re not in­hu­man by any means.”

Dur­ing their first matchup ear­lier this sea­son, the Tigers fell to the Pa­tri­ots, 9-1. “I’m hop­ing the kids will rise to the oc­ca­sion against this state-ranked team,” Mob­ley said. Al­though the Pa­tri­ots lost their first two games of the sea­son, they have com­piled a whop­ping 16-game win­ning streak.

That be­ing said, the young Tigers have ab­so­lutely noth­ing to lose when they take the field.

“It’s ex­tremely chal­leng­ing for us,” Mob­ley said, “but I don’t think it’s in­tim­i­dat­ing at all. My kids are not in­ti­mated by any­body that we play. This is what high school ball is all about — to have an op­por­tu­nity to play some­body of this cal­iber, so I’m ex­cited about it.”

Cody Bala will be the start­ing pitcher for the Tigers, while Ross Roberts will be avail­able in re­lief if needed.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Pic­ture per­fect: New­ton’s Brian Breckon takes a cut in ear­lier ac­tion this sea­son at River­side Park. The Rams travel to Ma­ri­etta to­day to take on Os­borne in non-re­gion play.

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